I work in a professional office. I work with really, really smart people. Occasionally I mention my avid love of gardening, or how I happened to bake some bread, made some jam or canned something over the weekend. With a few of my co-workers with whom I thought I was close (notice past tense), I have mentioned some of the "headlines which are not headlines". I mention the number of people in this country on foodstamps (1 of 7). I mention the real unemployment rate (at least 15%, but probably closer to 22%). I mention the fact that the unemployment figures have been revised for the worse every month for something like the last 30 months (a statistical impossibility without manipulation). I mention the increase in commodity prices over the last few months. I mention that if we did not give $700 BILLION dollares to prevent private businesses from failing (TARP), we could have extended unemployment benefits to every on UE for the next 30 years. ETC. Anyway, one of the guys I thought I was close with brought it up today on the way back from lunch and everyone had a great laugh at my expense when I mentioned that I read this site (not by name) and a financial blog that has "doomer" undertones. It was the first time since I have started prepping, about 3 years ago, that I have truly questioned why I do this and why my thoughts are so negative towards where we are going as a country. I know I have not really been a large part of this community, with my few posts, but could some of you share if you have ever hit a wall of doubt and how, or why, you were resolute in your decision making towards prepping, and especially TEOTWAWKI (and I fell fine...).